Campo dei Mori

Piazza in Cannaregio

A gent in an outsized turban called Sior Rioba has been hanging out at the corner of the Campo dei Mori (Square of the Moors) since the Middle Ages. The square's name is a misnomer as Rioba and his three buddies are believed to represent the Greek Mastelli family, 12th-century merchants from Morea. The Mastelli brothers became notorious for their eager participation in Doge Dandolo’s sacking of Constantinople and, according to legend, Mary Magdalene herself turned them into stone.